On June 15, 2021, the City of Newport News and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) broke ground on the first phase of construction for the city’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI). The mixed-use development will feature apartments, townhomes and retail space and is a critical element in the revitalization of the city’s Southeast Community. This development is part of Phase I of the city’s Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan and is the result of a partnership between the city, NNRHA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Virginia Housing, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Pennrose Development.
“This new housing, which includes retail and public space improvements, will energize and strengthen this important part of our city,” said Mayor McKinley L. Price. “Today’s historic groundbreaking is the first step in a holistic approach to revitalize the area and uplift our residents. Thank you to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Virginia Housing, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and our other partners for investing and believing in Newport News and our citizens.”